Pointe, Claw review by rephilipsen
Pointe, Claw
by Amber J. Keyser
Age Range - Mature Young Adult
Genre - Mystery

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Age at time of review - 17
Reviewer's Location - Orange City, Iowa, United States
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Dawn has a secret. If only she could remember what her secret is. Instead, her mind goes dark and she wakes up, bruised and bloody in strange places, barely able to speak. The doctors call them fugues. Her dad calls them dangerous. Her mom and stepdad call them problematic. All Dawn knows is that she is feeling less and less comfortable in her skin.

Jessie lives and breathes ballet. She cannot afford to fail to execute the beautiful lines and rise to claim her spot in the company. She must fight the other girls for the spot, but can she learn to dance with the same beast she feels in her soul?

Dawn and Jessie are connected and must save each other from the beasts inside of themselves or else learn to let them roar.



Pointe, Claw is an incredible book. It is dark, mysterious, and impossible to put down. The characters grow a ton throughout the book as they explore what they really want. The main message of the book is about defying expectations and being who you really are. The writing style and tone makes it feel as if you are actually inside the characters’ heads and hearing their thoughts, which makes the book feel personal. As someone who loves poetry, the poems and flashbacks interspersed were appreciated. However, my one complaint is there are some sexual scenes which seem out of place and unnecessary. Due to this, I recommend the book for teens at least 17 or 18 years old.

Content Rating:

Content rating - mature content

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There are several sexual scenes.




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